Escarole & White Bean Soup

12.07.2011

Escarole & White Bean Soup

It's honest to say that soup season has begun. Even though we are having a particularly warm season so far. When you're craving something hot and comforting but still want to be healthy, this is a perfect soup and it's very fast to make. Based off a traditional Italian soup called "Zuppa di Scarola e Cannellini".

Another great thing about escarole is that unlike kale it is still reasonably priced. Kale is on a serious trend right now and prices are from 4-5 dollars (at least here in NYC) and you can find escarole for as little 2 dollars. Escarole is grown in very gritty soil. Its important to throughly wash it so you don't end up cracking your tooth on a small pebble. I wash it 2-3 times in a salad spinner and double check the leaves to make sure that I have missed any dirt.

Ingredients

1 can of organic cannelini beans (any white bean would be fine)
1 head of escarole
1 cup of white wine
chile flakes
3 cloves of garlic
1 small yellow onion (or half)
few spring of fresh rosemary (or any savory herb)
2 celery stalks
1 lemon
Parmesan Cheese
olive oil
sea salt & pepper


Method

In a medium soup pot add a drizzle of olive oil. Add finely chopped onion, celery & garlic. Finely chop rosemary leaves and add to the mix. Season with salt, pepper and chile flakes. Cook till tender about 4 minutes and add a cup of white wine. Bring to a simmer and add a can of cannelini beans, juice and all. Throughly wash escarole and chop roughly. Place in the simmering soup and add an additonal 3 cups of water. It should be just enough to cover the greens. Turn the soup to low-med heat and allow to simmer on the stove for 15-25 minutes. Season with salt again and adjust to preference. Serve with grated parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze of lemon.

8 comments:

  1. yum! this sounds perfect for a light lunch. love that marble slab too. well worth almost breaking your back. :P

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  2. thank you for being vegetarian. you are my recipe source! :)

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  3. It's so weird how expensive kale is! I love white bean soups...rustic, filling, nutritious. We're actually having a cold spell here, so this sounds perfect!

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  4. White beans + greens are one of my favorite combinations.

    It's downright silly that kale is expensive. It's easy to grow. At least farmers are getting money. and I'm happy to pay for it, but I'm even happier to grow my own :)

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  5. That's crazy that kale is trendy and therefore expensive. The farmer's deserve it, but it is unfortunate when things become too pricey to get at the farmer's market.

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  6. Just looking at this is giving me warm, fuzzy feelings. My grandmother does the escarole/endive and bean soup thing all winter long and is always sending us jars.

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  7. wow this soup sounds delicious! can't wait to try it this winter! thank you :)

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  8. Did you live in Italy?? It's a very tradicional italian soup and i love it! I usually make it with red beans!!
    Regard from Barcelona (but i'm italian!)

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